A One –Day Conference in New York

“When Central and Eastern Europe Entered the Global Art Market”

September 17, 2017 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Alma on Dobbin is proud to announce its support for and collaboration with a one-day conference on the position of the Central and Eastern European art in the global art market.

Due to the financial crisis in 2008, in an urge to find significant but accessible-priced commodities, the contemporary art market had opened up for previously overlooked emerging art scenes such as Central and Eastern Europe. Players and stakeholders of the global art market rapidly started to position and contextualize the neo-avant-garde art production of the 1960s and 70s of the region.

Non-profit exhibitions and acquisitions proliferated, and eventually private collectors began to invest, establishing the period on an international scale. While the market absorbed the vast majority of the works quickly, the number of available artworks has decreased as prices increased. Foresee-ably, the market is going to become saturated since collectors will seek for newer and more affordable alternatives from the region.

Correspondingly, the recent popularity of the neo-avant-garde art can be seen as a starting point of an international boom in the contemporary artacquisition of the region.

The present conference will discuss this potential shift, as well as its possible economic and cultural impact on the region’s art scene and market.

A huge body of artworks, by artists banned between the late 1940s and 1980s by the ruling regime in Hungary, was purchased by New York based collectors, not as an investment at the time but more so to provide financial assistance to artists with no access to public venues. These artworks are invaluable resources for art historians; issues of preservation as well as the potential market value of these hidden collections are intriguing topics to explore.

The Alma on Dobbin sponsored conference is organized by Zsófia Rechnitzer and Aniko Szucs, Ph.D, with logistical support by Exploded Archives, LLC. Artist Andras Borocz of Alma on Dobbin will participate in and organize one of the panel conversations.

About Alma on Dobbin
AlmaOnDobbin is a New York based non-for-profit foundation for the visual arts, formed in 2003. ALMA’s mission is to link art circles in America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa. ALMA produces and hosts exhibitions and art-related events, organizes artist residencies in New York City, and publishes related books and catalogs.

A dedicated focus of ALMA’s programming is the special projects with Hungary. The group welcomes collaborations with like-minded organizations and individuals.

About Zsófia Rechnitzer
Zsófia Rechnitzer is a curator and art market expert with a broad understanding of the Eastern European art scene and its market. In 2015 Zsófia received an MA in History and Business of the Contemporary Art Market at the renowned University of Warwick. She is currently working on her PhD on ‘The Integration Possibilities of the Central and Eastern European Art Market’ at Széchenyi University, Budapest.

During her studies she worked as gallery manager of contemporary art galleries and curator for commercial and non-profit organizations both in Budapest and London. She is co-founder of the Budapest-based artist run space Roham, strategy developer of the Kovásznai Research Centre and a regular contributor for Artmagazin Online, Artportal and Muerto.

About Aniko Szucs
Aniko Szucs is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Drama Department of Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and at the Departments of English and Communication and Theatre Arts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She defended her dissertation “Entrapped in the Archive: State Security Documents Recontextualized in the Hungarian Art World” under the advisement of Diana Taylor in December 2015 at NYU.

Before her academic career, Aniko was the resident dramaturg of the Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre) in Budapest between 2000 and 2005. Furthermore, she has also worked as a dramaturg/translator at the National Theatre of Budapest, at Portland Center Stage, OR, and at the Arena Stage in D.C. In 2009, she co-curated the exhibition “Revolutionary Voices: Performing Arts in Central & Eastern Europe in the 1980s” at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, New York